Rhiannon Lade, Tristan Townsend, Kyle Johnson and Gale Litt

The Plymouth High School team of Rhiannon Lade, Tristan Townsend and Kyle Johnson, along with teacher Gale Litt was one of five state finalists at the Whipping Up Wellness Student Chef Competition.

PHS finalist at state chef competition

Posted May 29, 2017

A team from Plymouth High School was one of five state finalists at the Whipping Up Wellness Student Chef Competition held May 18 in Madison.

The PHS team of Rhiannon Lade, Tristan Townsend and Kyle Johnson were advised by PHS culinary arts and food science teacher Gale Litt. Working under time pressure, they prepared their recipe, Kung Pao, and presented it to a panel of judges.

Judges evaluated the dishes’ taste, including the use of flavors, variety of textures, and serving temperature; appearance and presentation, including color and plate appeal; and originality, including creativity and student appeal.

Recipes in the Whipping Up Wellness competition are meant to be nutritious and easily incorporated into the school food service program, as well as at home. Student chefs also had to include this year’s featured ingredient, some kind of bean or pea (legume).

Qualifying entries will become part of the fifth annual student chef cookbook, published by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. PHS has been a finalist every year of the competition, created by the DPI to help create items for school food service that students find acceptable.

Close-up of Kung Pao